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Xi Jinping and the lessons from China's past

Why did Xi drop term limits for the presidency? Look to his keen sense of history and the upheavals that rocked China at critical junctures.

The announcement that President Xi Jinping will not be limited to two terms and could be China's leader for life has raised many concerns worldwide and led to numerous analyses of its significance.

The most common refrain is that this might have benefits in the short term but would make the longer-term prospects of stable development more uncertain.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2018, with the headline 'Xi and the lessons from China's past'. Print Edition | Subscribe